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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Post

¡Hola! This past week we covered: K-2 Christmas/Navidad We made our own Mini Christmas Book that helped us learn in Spanish how to say Joseph, Mary, and Baby Jesus. Also we worked on two art projects: k-1 Grade: We made a Feliz Navidad’ card! 2 Grade: We filled out a worksheet about our Navidad’ costumes and wishes! Home enrichment: Ask your child to show you the mini books we made and to say Merry Christ
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Six Flags Great America Read to Succeed Reading Program

This week your child should have brought home a reading log from the Six Flags Read to Succeed Reading Program. This program is open to children in grades K-6. Any child who independently reads or is read to for 6 hours and completes the reading log will earn one free admission to Great America. Completed forms should be returned to the school library no later than February 5, 2018. Replacement reading logs are avail
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we covered: K-1 The seasons of the year and the weather. We reviewed both topics by singing songs, watching videos and writing activities. Home enrichment: K- Ask your child to show you the art project that we did this week. 1- Ask your child if it is frio/cold or caliente/hot outside. 4 This week we learned about modes of transportation with the help of the verb go/voy. By working in pairs, stu
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Seesaw Digital Portfolios (5Gold)

This year we are using Seesaw to capture our favorite memories and projects! Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning throughout the school year. Seesaw is private; you’ll only see posts created by your child. If you’d like to view your Child’s Digital Portfolio: Click on this link: https://app.seesaw.me/s/808-454-907 Choose your child from the list Create your account Once I approve you, you can see co
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Seesaw Digital Portfolios (5Green)

Dear Families, This year we are using Seesaw to capture our favorite memories and projects! Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning throughout the school year. Seesaw is private; you’ll only see posts created by your child. If you’d like to view your Child’s Digital Portfolio: Click on this link: https://app.seesaw.me/s/534-156-633 Choose your child from the list Create your account O
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we focused in “Día de Acción de Gracias.” K-2 Students worked on an art project:  A mini book in which they got to practice colors and numbers in Spanish by coloring the pavo and the food we eat during Acción de Gracias. Also, we read the book: “Celebra el Día de Acción de Gracias con Beto y Gaby”/ Celebrate Thanksgiving with Beto and Gaby. This book taught us how to say Thank you God/Gracias Di
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Human Body Test

Dear Parents, Just sending out a quick reminder that the Human Body Test on the skeletal, muscular, circulatory and respiratory systems is this Friday, November 17th. Study guides were passed out last week on Thursday and an electronic copy has been posted to Edmodo. Also on Edmodo are practice activities to help your child prepare. Click the skeleton below to access a copy of the study guide. Questions? Please conta
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Post

¡Hola! This past week we covered: K-3 Days of the week and months of the year. We reviewed both topics by singing songs, watching videos and writing activities. Home enrichment: Ask your child to show you the art projects that we did this week. 4-5 We continued our unit on our school. This week we learned about modes of transportation with the help of the verb go/voy. By working in pairs, students asked each other ho
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Great to be Back!

Dear 5th Grade Parents, Thank you all so much for the warm welcome back! It really has been so great to be back in the classroom with your children! Although it wasn’t easy at all to leave my daughter and return, it sure helped once I saw all the happy faces easy to learn and have fun! What a great group! I can’t thank Courtney Phillips enough for doing such a great job starting the year off. Here is a br
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Post

¡Hola! This past week we covered: Day of the dead/Dia de los Muertos We focused on learning about this Mexican tradition by reading the book Pablo Remembers (k-2) and reading an excerpt with a 10 word vocabulary (3-5). Also, we made our own Dia de los Muertos books and colored different objects related to this wonderful celebration! 3-5 added an author’s note based on their own interpretations of this celebrati
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2018 Battle of the Books for Grades 4-6

I am pleased to announce that once again we will partner with area schools to compete in the Battle of the Books, which is open to students in 4th-6th grade. This year’s competition will include Baker Progressive School, Chiaravalle, St. Joseph Wilmette and SFX. The library staff from all four schools came together to create this year’s list of books, which features both fiction and non-fiction books. In
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we covered: Kindergarten/1st/2nd/3rd Halloween/Dia de las brujas We focused on improving our Spanish vocabulary by learning the names of halloween theme words such as witch/bruja, ghost/fantasma, etc. Also, we made our own Spanish Halloween books and colored different characters! Home enrichment: Ask your child to show you the books and/or the coloring sheets we did this week. 4t/ 5th Grade We f
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Thank you fifth grade!

I wanted to extend a big thank you to the fifth grade students and parents for welcoming me back to St. Francis as the maternity leave sub for Mrs. Kerry Siefer. Mrs. Siefer will return tomorrow, Monday, October 23rd. Mrs. Siefer and I will be there together tomorrow to transition the students. I have truly enjoyed my time with each student and am so grateful for all of the parent support that I have. Best luck in th
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we covered: Kindergarten/1st/2nd/3rd Shapes: Figuras We focused on: Circulo, rectangulo, cuadrado, and triangulo. We had very fun activities that helped us practicing our Spanish writing skills at the same time as reviewing previous lessons such as colors and numbers. Home enrichment: Ask your child about the shapes around your house! 4t/ 5th Grade We finished our unit on introductions in Spanis
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Wrap Up from Caitlin Alifirenka author visit

This Tuesday we continued our RED campaign with a visit from author Caitlin Alifirenka, co-author of the book I Will Always Write Back.  Caitlin’s visit was so inspiring for our students. She started her time at SFX by having lunch with twelve middle school students who had written persuasive paragraphs to earn a spot at the lunch table. Our students did our school proud as they asked deeply profound questions
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! Due to wonderful field trips, holidays, and special activities in the past three weeks some of the students did not have Spanish. In the past two weeks we have been working very hard on reviewing topics (with the groups that did not miss Spanish), and finishing new lessons (with the groups that did). We are building our Spanish knowledge as we go!  It is very important for students of the same grade and level
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Important upcoming dates

*This Friday, October 13th the fifth graders will display their Native American projects in the Xavier Room starting at 2:20. All parents are welcome to join. Please note that projects should arrive on Friday and will need to go home on Friday after the exhibit. *Monday, October 16th will be the Simple Machines Science Test. Students have a copy of the study guides and are encouraged to study using their notes, books
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Native American Project

Important dates for the Native American Project: *Rough drafts of essays are due Thursday, October 5th. They should be submitted to me through Google, not printed as a hard copy. Students know how to do this. If you or your child has any troubles doing this please let me know. They can submit to me by clicking the blue “share” button in the top right corner of their Google doc and sending it to my email:
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RED Campaign Kickoff and Author Visit

On Tuesday, October 17, SFX will be hosting Caitlin Alifrenka, co-author of I Will Always Write Back. She will be speaking with our 5th-8th grade students about her life-changing experience of becoming pen pals with a young man from Zimbabwe. Their letter exchange lead to an enduring friendship that continues to this day and permanently changed the way they view their lives, as well as the lives of others who live ar
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Single Gender HS Presentation

SFX parents are invited to a presentation at Saints Faith, Hope & Charity School in Winnetka exploring the benefits of a single sex high school education. This talk takes place on October 12th at 7pm and is open to the public. Staff from both Regina Dominican and Notre Dame College Prep High Schools will be in attendance. Learn more here.
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Social Studies

Next Monday, September 25th will be the first social studies test. Students are to use the study guide that went home on Monday along with their textbook and social studies notes to study for the test. There is a copy of the study guide posted on Edmodo in case the copy that went home disappears. We have also begun our Native American Project. Students will write an essay about his/her group and will complete a proje
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we finished our project: La Mochila/My Backpack. All grades: We continued to learn about school supplies in Spanish. This activity not only helps students practice their Spanish writing skills and improve their Spanish vocabulary but also encourages them to speak in Spanish while using or asking for them. 3rd/4th/5th Grades: We ended up our weekend playing a school supplies matching game. Studen
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UPDATED POST: Author Lisa McMann coming to SFX

Unfortunately the earlier blog post about this contained an order form that didn’t have pricing for the books. I have just received the corrected form and here is the link to it Lisa McMann order form 2017 I am very excited to announce that our first author visit of the year will be for 4th-5th grade. Author Lisa McMann will be here the morning of Oct. 3 speaking with our students about how she writes her two h
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¡Hola! Spanish Weekly Update

¡Hola! This past week we finished our project: Todo Sobre Mi/ All about me. After completing this activity, students took turns and introduced themselves to the rest of the class. We very much enjoyed getting to know each other a little bit more and at the same time learned new adjectives and verbs in Spanish. Also, after the oral presentations some classes did a project on School Supplies. This activity was modified
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Author Lisa McMann coming to SFX

I am very excited to announce that our first author visit of the year will be for 4th-5th grade. Author Lisa McMann will be here the morning of Oct. 3 speaking with our students about how she writes her two highly engaging fantasy adventure series, Going Wild and The Unwanteds.  This summer when I was at the NERD Camp literacy conference in Michigan, I had the opportunity to meet Ms. McMann and tell her about our ama
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